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About Mark Ray


Mark was born in Cincinnati,Ohio on July 27,1966. He grew up fishing the creeks and streams in and around Ohio as a child. Mark,like most kids got grounded for the normal childhood mishaps we all encounter, but he would put his temporary lack of freedom to good use sketching and painting anything from superhero's to the fish he would catch. Mark continued to draw and paint throughout his years in grade school. After serving a four year enlistment in the U.S. Army, Mark became a Police Officer for the Charlotte, N.C. Police Dept and then continued to serve as a Deputy Sheriff with the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office for 12 years. It was while Mark was fishing the game fish rich waters off the east coast of Florida that he began sketching the fish and other ocean creatures that he had encountered.The saltwater fish that inhabited the waters intrigued Mark to the point that he wanted to put their images on paper and canvas for himself and others to enjoy. Although Mark never had any formal art classes,he attributes his artistic ability to diligent hours of practice and and some God given talent. Currently, Mark resides in Atlantic Beach N.C. where he works full time as a marine wildlife artist producing tournament T-shirt designs, commissioned paintings and paintings for sale.